This week we focus on the games you love, with all tracks chosen by our Patreon members! We include testimonials for each song, and a dramatic reading from the game’s original manual! Mostly! Huge thank you to: Stephen Miller, Ok Impala!, Wicked Sephiroth, Chris Murray, Autistic Gamer 89, Chris Steenerson, Cameron Werme, Stephen Miller, and That Nick Walker!
You’re Not Alone! – Final Fantasy IX – PlayStation – Nobuo Uematsu
Searching for Friends – Final Fantasy VI – Super Nintendo – Nobuo Uematsu
Battle Against a Mobile Opponent – Earthbound – Super Nintendo – Hirokazu Tanaka
Ties That Bind – Fire Emblem Fates – Nintendo 3DS – Takeru Kanazaki, Hiroki Morishita
The Amazon – Ducktales – NES – Hiroshige Tonomura
Intro – The Secret of Monkey Island – Enhanced CD – Michael Z Land, Peter McConnel, Clint Bajakian
Pernell loves RPG games and starts more than he could ever finish, and Rob likes them okay. And that’s okay! All this month we’re being a little selfish and only looking at our favorite games within specific genres. Pernell’s music gets heavy and stressful at times, while Rob’s music picks are jazzy and are designed to keep you cool under pressure. Enjoy the selections!
A new guest appears and casts Haste, his VGM is super effective! This week we talk to Ian Stocker AKA MagicalTimeBean (Escape Goat, Soulcaster, Monster Tale) and chat about game music in the theme of magical time! Ian gets into his love trackers, and what he loves about sweet bass in game music. We also talk about adaptive/modular music, franchise games, and we come up with the Perfect Strangers RPG for your SNES! COUSIN LARRY WAKE UP!
Ian Stocker, aka MagicalTimeBean, is a musician/sound designer/developer who was specialized in handheld consoles and is now a solo developer/composer. After completing his first solo project Soulcaster, he created the indie puzzler hits Escape Goat and Escape Goat 2! Check out his YouTube for new music, and his website for information on his games.
The Scratch Pit – Monster Tale – Nintendo DS – Ian Stocker
Home Village Arni – Chrono Cross – PlayStation – Yasunori Mitsuda
Mission Briefing – Time Trax – Sega Genesis – Tim Follin
Project Barrow Pitch Video – Ian Stocker
Mask of Corruption – TimeSpinner – Steam – Jeff Ball
Resort – Super Time Force – Xbox 360, Steam – 6955 (Jason DeGroot)
Gauntlet Tribute – Ian Stocker
The Observer Theme of Time Mage (Cursed Lands, Final Fantasy V) – halc
Chrono Trigger (Chrono Trigger: Music for Twenty-Five Games) – HyperDuck SoundWorks (Chris Geehan, Dan Byrne-McCullough, Kevin Carville)
This week we take a second look at music composed specifically for world maps in games. We are honored to have a musical guest joining us, Amanda Lepre from the band Descendants of Erdrick! She brings her vast musical knowledge and love of fantasy RPG’s to the conversation. We discuss how important it is for world map music to create the mood, emotionally setting up the player for a new section of the game. We also share our gaming guilty pleasures, each of us judging Pernell. 🙂
Amanda Lepre is a guitarist and vocalist of Descendants of Erdrick. Descendants of Erdrick is progressive-metal band that creates beautiful and epic arrangements of classic RPG video game music.
Amanda Lepre also has a solo project of heavy, progressive, and electronic melodies. You can find her music over at www.amandalepre.com!
World of Ruin – Final Fantasy VI – SNES – Nobuo Uematsu
The New Continent – Thousand Arms – Playstation –
Field Map: Fall – Taikou Risshiden – Super Famicom – Michiru Oshima
Dark World – Link to the Past – SNES – Koji Kondo
Field To Tomorrow – Lunar 2 – Sega CD – Noriyuke Iwadare
This week Rob and Pernell pick tracks that would be great for your yoga class, spa weekend, or after-work decompression. We’re looking at anything that’s relaxing, atmospheric, and ambient. Please listen responsibly.
The Flutter – Megaman Legends 2 – Playstation – Makoto Tomozawa
Sleeping Village – Dragon Quest 3 – Super Nintendo – Koichi Sugiyama
Overworld – Lunar: the Silver Star – Sega CD – Noriyuki Iwadare, Hiroshi Fujioka, Isao Mizoguchi